We were lucky enough to interview Margaret Cottle, a local palliative care physician and end of life educator, about palliative care in Canada. HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE represents Bill Cain's autobiographical experience of his mother's final months of life, we thought it would be useful to share some expert information about what end of life care looks like here in Canada. Below are a few snippets from the interview, but you can read the whole thing in our discussion guide here.
"While palliative care treats all symptoms, the fear of pain is often paramount. This fear, while completely understandable, should no longer be a major factor for patients at the end of life."
“Pain is what the patient says it is, not what the doctor or nurse thinks it should be.”
"It is important to understand that we do not need to be fearful, that we are not alone. There are numerous resources available and many people are willing and ready to help us in a wide range of capacities."
"Caring for and accepting care from one another are among the most profound and richest experiences in life. Sharing a difficult journey with another person is a tangible expression of mutual love that not only supports the person needing the care, it also nourishes the person providing the care. Yes, these situations involve uncertainty, sadness, loss and grief, but they are also full of laughter, hope and inspiration for everyone involved."
Read more in our discussion guide here.